1990 NLCS Game #1: Pirates at Reds

Walk vs. Rijo. Called by Jack Buck and Tim McCarver


  1. What a great year going down to riverfront in 1990.

  2. Two evenly matched teams in terms of talent and skill

  3. Proud to say this was the very first Major League baseball game I attended. Being from Nashville Tennessee all we had…..and still have are the AAA Nashville Sounds. I was 13. I got to leave school an hour early to make the 3 and a half hour drive with my dad. We checked into the Clariton Hotel, then went and ate at Gold Star Chili downtown downtown and then caught the game. I was VERY confident as a young Reds fan in a quick 4 game sweep of the Pirates. Of course I was shocked when a guy, coincidentally named Bob "Walk" beat Jose Rijo as they lost 4-3. Happily I'd get that 4 game sweep I was expecting about 2 weeks later when it REALLY mattered, against the "unbeatable"….roided up A's on the biggest stage in the baseball. I can proudly say my father and I went back and were in attendance for games 1 and 2 of the world series as well. We went to game 2 of the NLCS as well and I got to miss a day of school Friday which was extra awesome to go with that game 2 victory lol We checked out a neat little baseball card shop in that downtown plaza area where I begged my dad to buy me HIGHLY overpriced 1960 Topps Hank Aaron and Frank Robinson baseball baseball cards, our Hank and Frank cards as my dad would go on to call em, which I STILL have to this very day🙂 We sat behind first base in the second deck about 10 rows back, same seats in the World Series also. Tonight is THE first time I have ever seen the actual televised games, so you better believe there will be a whole lot of pausing while I look for us two needles in the haystack. I'm determined to find us lol I wish my dad was still here to look back on this with me. And as a little special added bonus…..who woulda known I'd be getting to watch, in person, the eventual all time homerun champion 17 years before he hit number 756, during the year his assault on the record arguably really began, the year of his first of many MVP winning seasons. Some people can say they got to see Ruth, DiMaggio, Aaron…..Mantle play….but I got to see Bonds on those two days, and heck, I guess McGwire also….a few weeks later🙂 I'm just a casual Reds fan these days. I went crazy for the Chicago Cubs and my father's hometown, boyhood team The Detroit Tigers not long after The Reds magic 1990 season. Watching this game and the next is going to be a lot of fun, and keep my eyes really busy lol

  4. Top of the fourth inning, Jose Rijo was way too distracted by Barry Bonds at first base. After about the sixth pickoff throw, the catcher should have gone out to the mound and told him to just concentrate on getting the third out so Bonds stealing second won't matter.

  5. Ok I’m not old enough to have watched this series but I’m watching it now because I love watching sports from eras I missed. Something isn’t right though. I keep hearing that pitchers back then didn’t throw hard and today’s pitchers have way more spin rate and all that. What am I missing? The pitchers in this game look like they’re throwing gas with nasty off speed stuff. Am I trippingOr what? They look just as good as pitchers today if not better.

  6. one of the best played LCS I've ever seen. all the defense. all the pitching. all the managing.

  7. Second-base umpire got it ALL wrong that night, a pity !

  8. So sad what’s happened to these 2 formerly great franchises. Only thing good about them now are their past histories and ballparks, their owners Nutting of Pittsburgh and Castellini down in Cincinnati are utter fucking jokes

  9. Sabo!! Larkin!! Eric Davis!! Oh, the nostalgia. Feels like old buddies. And no one took a knee.

  10. Ended up here as I'm on a classic baseball kick from my childhood after watching the Astros win the World Series days ago. With the benefit of 2022 eyes, interesting to see how foolish Rijo looks throwing to 1st SEVEN TIMES(!!!) during Sid Bream's 3rd inning at bat to keep Bonds from stealing 2nd. And with 2 outs no less! I screamed out loud forget the runner, get the batter out! Bream ended up taking the distracted Rijo deep to tie the game. LOL.

  11. I went to this game with my Dad. Thanks for uploading it.

  12. thanks rus. i have not watched these games since 1990 when i was a sophomore in high school.

  13. Can someone explain to me why the Reds got home field advantage when the Pirates posted a better regular season record?

  14. LOVE it classic CBS sports its like a time machine……. CBS made a mistake when they fired Jack Buck in 91……Thanks

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.